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Bestselling Children’s Book Author Is Leading Virtual Art Classes for Children Staying at Home


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As COVID-19 has forced schools around the world to close, millions of parents are now tasked with keeping their children occupied using available educational resources. For this reason, bestselling children's book author and illustrator Mo Willems—creator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale—has partnered with the Kennedy Center in a series of virtual art classes designed specifically for children.

The show, called Lunch Doodles, takes place in Willems' studio. In each episode, the author leads his viewers through various art, craft, and writing activities to encourage creativity and learning. Children only need some paper and pencils to follow along.”With millions of learners attempting to grow and educate themselves in new circumstances, I have decided to invite everyone into my studio once a day for the next few weeks,” says Willems. “You might be isolated, but you're not alone. You are an art maker. Let's make some together.”

After each episode, the author encourages his viewers to post their creations on social media with the hashtag #molunchdoodles. Willems hopes to foster an artistic community and connection among the youth affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Lunch Doodles is updated each weekday at 1 PM ET. You can watch the entire playlist via Youtube or on the Kennedy Center's website.

Bestselling children's author Mo Willems is teaching children how to draw in a series of video tutorials called Lunch Doodles.

Created by the Kennedy Center, Willems' virtual classes help keep kids creative and engaged while they cannot go to school.

The series has already gained a huge following, as parents shared their children's creations online with the hashtag #molunchdoodles.


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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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